The Browns waived nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams on Monday as part of their cuts to 75 players.



All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players before 4 p.m. Tuesday.



The separation was foreshadowed by a controversy.



On Aug. 16, the Browns suspended Williams for two weeks and fined him over a disagreement about the health of his right ankle. The Browns thought he should have played in the Aug. 12 preseason opener in Green Bay, but he refused. The team said Williams claimed he would retire.



His agent said a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic told Williams on Aug. 17 he needs surgery to have bone spurs removed from the ankle. Williams appealed the suspension and the fine. The Browns contend Williams never mentioned the ankle injury until the day after the exhibition opener.



Browns coach Hue Jackson declined to discuss why Williams was cut.



"I really don't want to get into that," Jackson said. "Obviously, we've released several guys today, and we're just moving forward."



Williams, 25, had been a productive nickel corner for the Browns the past two seasons after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He compiled 69 tackles, including two sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The previous coaching staff, which included now-San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil and now-49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, loved him.



The new regime, though, traded with the Miami Dolphins for Jamar Taylor on April 30, the final day of the draft. Taylor, 25, surpassed Williams on the depth chart in training camp.